Apple iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 arrives: Do this to your iPhones right now

Apple not only announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the more affordable Apple Watch SE, a new iPad Air and an updated eighth-generation iPad on Tuesday.

The iPhone-maker also announced it will make the latest software updates for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch available on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The iOS 14 , iPadOS 14 and WatchOS 7 include several new features and benefits, ranging from a new app library and widgets on your home screen to tighter privacy features and iMessage improvements.

Before you start mashing the update button to install iOS 14 and iPad 14 when they’re officially released, there’s some housekeeping you should do on your iPhone and iPad to make the update process go as smoothly as possible.

Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates, including a checklist of what you need to do to get your phone or tablet ready.

When will iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 be available?

Both updates will be available tomorrow, Sept. 16. Apple normally releases updates around 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST), if you’re looking for a more specific time.

When it comes time to update software or upgrade your phone, take a few minutes to go through and delete what photos and apps you don’t want or need from your camera roll and installed apps.

Our phones are a digital junk drawer of sorts, collecting random screenshots, photos, videos and single-use apps.

Taking a few minutes to clear it out helps free up storage, shortens the amount of time you’ll spending waiting for it to backup, and even save you some cash if you’re paying for extra iCloud storage just to keep it backed up.

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